Chinese smartphone maker Huawei today introduced the Nova 4, featuring what has become known as a “hole-punch” display.
The “hole-punch” design refers to the tiny hole for the 25-megapixel front camera, rather than the controversial notch, allowing for a nearly edge to edge display. Of course, this means the Nova 4 lacks the necessary sensors for 3D facial recognition and instead relies on a fingerprint scanner for authentication.
The display still has a thicker bottom bezel, known as a “chin,” so this still isn’t a completely full-screen design.
As noted by The Verge, the Nova 4 follows in the footsteps of Huawei’s View 20 and Samsung’s new Galaxy A8s as the latest smartphone with a “hole-punch” display. The Nova 4 also has a triple-lens rear camera setup, including a main 48-megapixel lens, a trend that some 2019 iPhones are expected to follow.
There’s a slim chance that Apple ever adopts the “hole-punch” design for iPhones due to the TrueDepth system for Face ID, unless it invents new ways to integrate all of the various sensors under the display. The more likely possibility is that the notch is here to stay for now, but gets slimmed down over time.
The Nova 4 is currently limited to China, priced around the equivalent of $490. Huawei will likely expand availability to select other regions soon, although its devices aren’t available through any major carriers in the United States.
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